The collections being processed as part of the 2017-2018 CART Program are thematically connected by music, and comprise some of our most prominent archival holdings. The records of the Other Minds organization and the Grateful Dead Records complement many of our existing processed collections, such as the Lou Harrison papers, the John Cage mycology collection, the Frank Kofsky Audio & Photo Collection of the Jazz and Rock Movement, and many other art, photography, and literary collections.
Other Minds Records (3 fellowship positions):
CART fellows Jon Myers, Jay Arms, and Madison Heying participated in the processing of the records of Other Minds, the acclaimed San Francisco-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of experimental music. This collection includes over 100 boxes of programs, artwork, photographs, scores, correspondence, artist files, and business records of the organization. In addition, the collection includes over 4,000 reel-to-reel audio tapes of interviews and performances from the tape archive of the Berkeley-based independent radio station, KPFA. Fellows worked alongside the CART Archivist to preserve, inventory, arrange, and describe this unprocessed collection in order to make it available for research.
Grateful Dead Records (2 fellowship positions):
CART fellows Alessia Cecchet and Gabriel Mindel participated in the processing of the Grateful Dead business records. These materials comprise over 400 boxes of partially processed materials such as tour information, contracts, ledgers, tickets, merchandise, correspondence, accounting files, and promotional materials. Fellows worked alongside the CART Archivist to inventory, rehouse, arrange, and describe these materials in order to make the collection more widely available to the UCSC community and beyond.
Shakespeare Santa Cruz Records:
CART fellows Megan Martenyi, LuLing Osofsky, and Alex Ullman participated in the processing of the Shakespeare Santa Cruz Records, a large collection of materials that document the theatrical productions of Shakespeare Santa Cruz from 1981-2014. Shakespeare Santa Cruz was an independent theater festival that presented plays by Shakespeare and other dramatists using contemporary methods of directing, designing and acting. This collection documents the artistic and administrative history of this unique organization, and complements several existing performing arts collections in UCSC’s Special Collections & Archives. The collection includes slides, photographs, prompt books, scripts, programs, artwork, and marketing, development, financial, and administrative files.
Two of the CART fellows for 2016-2017 worked with records documenting the history of UC Santa Cruz.
Alina Fernandez participated in the processing of the Records of the Feminist Studies Department, which documents the founding of the Women’s Studies Department in 1974 through its name change in 2005 to the Department of Feminist Studies. This collection documents the administrative history of a pioneering department, one of the first of its kind in the United States. The collection includes materials documenting the establishment of the program, newsletters, course descriptions, audio and video tapes and, photographs, as well as administrative files. Alina also processed the collection of records from the UCSC Women of Color Research Cluster, which was founded in 1991 by graduate students and affiliated faculty studying Women of Color on the UC Santa Cruz campus.
Maggie Wander participated in the processing of the papers of Raymond F. Dasmann. Dasmann was a professor of ecology at UCSC and a pioneer in international environmentalism. The papers document Dasmann’s entire career beginning as a student of A. Starker Leopold at U.C. Berkeley through his retirement from UCSC in 1989. This 74 box collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, research notes and teaching materials.
Summer and Fall 2015 projects: The Lick Observatory Records
The Lick Observatory Archive includes records from 1870-1945 describing the founding, construction, and operation of one of the most historically significant observatories in the world. This unique archive documents the development of observational astronomy during the 19th and 20th centuries, including evolutions in technology, photography, and computing. The Archives' extensive collection of historical photographs includes portraits of astronomers and other prominent scientists, scenes of life at the observatory on Mount Hamilton, observational instruments, celestial objects, and documentation of expeditions around the world. CART fellows Christine Turk and Alex Moore have worked alongside an archivist to inventory, arrange, and describe selected components of the archive.
The following finding aids for this collection are now available on the Online Archive of California:
Winter 2016 project: Kenneth S. Norris Papers
Kenneth S. Norris was a marine mammal biologist, conservationist, and educator known for his pioneering research in dolphin echolocation. A professor of natural history for 18 years at UCSC, Norris helped write the Marine Mammal Protection Act and played a major role in establishing the UC Natural Reserve System. His papers include field notebooks, correspondence, photographic slides, and teaching materials that document his research, activist, and teaching career, as well as the growth in federal legislation and public policy in the American environmental movement during the 1970s. CART fellow Danielle Crawford has worked alongside an archivist to inventory, arrange, and describe several components of his papers.
The finding aid for the Norris collection is now available on the Online Archive of California:
The inaugural 2014-2015 CART fellowship focused on the papers of Ruth-Marion Baruch, John Thorne, and Karen Tei Yamashita, three activists from the local northern California region. These international icons are united by their dedication to cultural and political activism and their involvement in and/or relationship to the social justice movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s: the Black Power, Flower Power, Red Power, and Yellow Power movements.
CART fellows crystal am nelson, Melissa Eriko Poulsen, and Samantha Williams curated a physical and digital exhibit to showcase these collections, and to provide a culmination for their research and archival processing work throughout the academic year.
To view the digital exhibit and the finding aids for these collections, click the links below.